Behind the microscope: Avure’s food science team

Errol Raghubeer

Senior Vice President, HPP Science & Technology
avure senior vice president of hpp science and technology Errol Raghubeer

Education: Ph.D. in Food Microbiology; Master of Food Science; Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries and Food Technology, University of Washington

Favorite lab test or process: A product that’s considered difficult for HPP, thus modifying process parameters and/or formulations to make it work.

HPP product always in my fridge: Hot pepper sauces

What makes a great food scientist: Creativity and integrity

Where I see HPP in the next 25 years: Pharmaceutical and medical applications, particularly in biochemistry: for vaccine development, new generation of materials for oncological and immunological applications, and functional foods.

Something most people don’t know about me: I’m from Guyana in South America.

Bick-Ngoc Phan

Director, Microbiology & Food Technology
avure director of microbiology and food technology Bick-Ngoc Phan

Education: Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Hobbies: Cooking

Favorite lab test or process: Seafood, especially lobsters. Avure HPP can remove a lobster’s meat completely from the shell. It always wows our customers when our machines recover 100% of meat from a raw lobster.

HPP product always in my fridge: Juices and ready-to-eat meat

What makes a great food scientist: Creativity. I try to make most products work with HPP.

Where I see HPP in the next 25 years: Growth in different food categories and medical applications.

Something most people don’t know about me: I’ve worked for Avure for 15 years.

David Peck

Senior Food Scientist
avure senior food scientist David Peck

Education: Master of Food Science, University of Georgia

Hobbies: Fitness and healthy cooking

Favorite lab test or process: I especially like running protein (meat and seafood) products as they are my background.

HPP product always in my fridge: Guacamole and/or juice

What makes a great food scientist: An open mind is critical, and a willingness to tackle any task at hand to satisfy customer needs.

Where I see HPP in the next 25 years: HPP growing both with an increasing market share in current applications and also in new applications.

Jasper van Altena

Food Technologist EMEA (Europe, the Middle East & Africa)
avure food technologist EMEA Jasper van Altena

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Food Science, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

Favorite lab test or process: Working with customers and treating their products. It feels great to see the surprises on their faces when they see firsthand all the benefits HPP gives their foods or beverages.

HPP product always in my fridge: Juice

What makes a great food scientist: Creative, hands-on, broad knowledge of the food industry, able to understand what the customer is looking for, and also critical because food safety comes first.

Where I see HPP in the next 25 years: The opportunities are huge in Europe because the meat and juice industries are just starting to discover the technology. Products old and new will benefit from HPP. In the next few years, clean label will continue to excel, and in 25 years other industries will use HPP, i.e. pharmaceutical.

Something most people don’t know about me: I enjoy a soccer game on the pitch with my teammates of FC Eindhoven. When I’m not playing, I’m cheering on the home team: PSV Eindhoven.

Emmanuel Onuoha

Food Microbiologist
avure food microbiologist Emmanuel Onuoha

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, University of Cincinnati

Hobbies: Playing soccer and golf and following any other sport you can think of.

HPP product always in my fridge: HPP Juice

What makes a great food scientist: A passion for the process and the desire to help customers achieve their goals!

Where I see HPP in the next 25 years: People don’t want added chemicals in their foods anymore, so the grocery store sections handling everything from HPP juice to HPP meat will keep expanding.

Renee Kirtman

Food Microbiologist
avure food microbiologist Renee Holmstrom

Education:  Northern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology.

Hobbies:  Reading, movies.

Favorite Lab test:  Anything that presents a challenge! I love researching and learning new things!

HPP product always in my fridge:  Meats: specifically Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey.

What makes a great food scientist:  Creativity, critical minded and a willingness to learn.

Where I see HPP in the 25 years:  Exponential growth and career opportunities. There will be a high demand for HPP products and equipment with the increased knowledge of food safety and health by consumers and food producers.

Something that most people don’t know about you:  I love board games and RPG video games.

Nali Prchal

Senior Food Technologist
avure senior food technologist Nali Prchal

Education:  St. Olaf College B.A. Chemistry; Kansas State University M.S. Food Science

Hobbies:  I love exploring the great outdoors, taking photos, weight lifting, traveling, cooking, and eating!

Favorite Lab test:  Every customer test is a new adventure.  I particularly enjoy helping customers find solutions to maximize their efficiency and reduce waste through HPP.

HPP product always in my fridge:  I’m crazy about fresh salsa: the hotter, the better.

What makes a great food scientist:  A great scientist has the ability to think outside of the box and thoughtfulness to help customers realize their innovative potential.

Where I see HPP in the 25 years:  My hope is that HPP becomes a household term as the technology becomes bigger, better, and more broadly used in future years.

Something that most people don’t know about you:  Some people have said I make a mean pumpkin pie.